Lowe's lays off more than 100 IT employees, company says

Mooresville-based home improvement retailer Lowe’s announced Wednesday that it has laid off about 125 employees in the information technology department.

The jobs were cut primarily from the company's corporate headquarters, officials said.

Company officials said most of the jobs will be moved to India.

The affected employees were notified Wednesday morning.

Lowe's said all of the employees laid off will receive generous severance packages and help finding new jobs. Kenny Colbert with the Charlotte Employers Association said it might not be hard for the laid off workers to land new jobs. He said unemployment is low and there are plenty of companies hiring.

"I would dare say the majority of these people are going to have success in at least looking for jobs," Colbert said.

In February, the company laid off 525 employees, including approximately 430 from the corporate office in Mooresville.

The moves in February were part of the company’s effort to create a more efficient operating structure for corporate-based positions.

In January, the company announced 2,400 full-time workers were laid off mostly at the store level, with other cuts at distribution centers, customer support centers and vice presidents at the company's corporate office.

A spokeswoman said the January layoffs affected less than 1 percent of the workforce.

"After the last two sets of layoffs, it kind of surprises me that they're laying off more people," Mooresville resident Kerry Miller said. "Everybody I know that works for Lowe's is worried about whether they're going to keep a job."

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